- Tenure is based on multiple measures, including student achievement and clinical observations of teacher practice through a standardized rating system.
- Educator feedback and development is more individualized and focused on students
- Tenure hearings are shorter, focused on process only, and less expensive
The Secaucus Public School District (SPSD) has reaffirmed its mission to actively promote student achievement by helping the certificated educator community by using clinical evaluation to gather data and timely and focused feedback designed to improve overall instruction.
The teacher is the most significant factor affecting students' achievement. The administrative staff, in conjunction with the SEA intend to support the professionals who interact with children on a daily basis by providing them professional development tailored to their needs. By supporting teachers, students will achieve. And when students achieve, our entire community benefits.
The purpose of this website is to outline SPSD’s evaluation process. Use it as reference to help teachers, observers, and administrators understand the district’s processes for observing, documenting, and evaluating classroom instruction and overall teacher performance.
AchieveNJ Evaluation System
Empowering Secaucus Teachers
The SPSD believes that professional development should be an educator's lifelong commitment. Furthermore, communication between the evaluators and the teacher is a critical to the success of the overall district. Receiving timely, tailored feedback from multiple trained and calibrated evaluators is an integral part of the reflective and iterative nature of the educator evaluation process.
The focus of our evaluation system is to improve the quality of instruction and impact student performance through collaborative, professional conversations focused on growth. This purpose can best be achieved by establishing an evaluation system comprised of an integrated set of components that include gathering data, sharing information, and providing opportunities for professional growth experiences.
The SPSD has been using the Danielson model for staff evaluations since the early days of the EE4NJ pilot system. For the 2015-2016 school year, we will be using Charlotte Danielson's Framework For Teaching (2007) with Realtime's evaluation module.
Using Danielson with Realtime will provide evaluators and evaluatees the familiar language of the Danielson model with the ease of use and "one stop shopping" of Realtime.